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Ministry of Reader, Oct. 25, 2017

“Take this book of Holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people."

With these words, The Most Rev. Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, instituted twelve seminarians to the Ministry of Reader on October 25, 2017.

This ceremony marks an important step toward ordination. Though they may have been lectors in their own parishes or ministries, now they encounter God's Word in a deeper sense. They proclaim the Scriptures and embrace the role of teachers of God's Word.

We congratulate them and give thanks to God, Who continues to strengthen the Church for the future.

View pictures of the Mass in our Flickr album:

The new Readers are:

Bruce Barnett
Diocese of Charleston, SC

Mazen Michael Elias
Diocese of St. Augustine, FL

Michael Goodreau
Diocese of Springfield, MA

Anthony Hamaty
Diocese of St. Augustine, FL

Michael Lombardi
Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY

Brother Antonio Lopez
The Stigmatine Fathers

Pasquale Lopresti
Archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia

Travis Mecum
Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS

Kevin Miller
Diocese of Scranton, PA

Stephen Perla
Diocese of Worcester, MA

Francisco Sordo
Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario CANADA

Nicholas Zrallack
Diocese of Palm Beach, FL

Members of the Class of 2020 Already Installed as Reader:

Michael J. Hanna
Diocese of Springfield, MA

Peter Okajima
Diocese of Brooklyn, NY

Br. Stephen Shanahan, OCSO
St. Joseph Abbey, Spencer

Shawn Michael Simchock
Diocese of Scranton, PA

Elvin Torres
Diocese of Brooklyn, NY

Mason Wiggins
Diocese of St. Augustine, FL

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